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Special Opportunities Program

Exploring and Amplifying Critical Issues in the Great Lakes Region in Support of Program Goals


Special Opportunities Grantees

2012 Special Opportunities Grantees

Find more information about grantees in our Annual Reports.

Advance Illinois
Chicago, IL $45,000
To support new media capacity-building projects that advance the policy agenda of the organization. (1 yr)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science
Washington, DC $182,351
For the Advancement of Science to choose a fellow to work under the direction of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on developing potential prizes and challenges in key social policy areas. (1 yr)

American Democracy Institute Inc
Washington, DC $50,000
To help convene a conference in June 2012 on the power of prize competitions as a tool for public sector problem solving. (1 yr)

Chicago Public Media Inc.
Chicago, IL $250,000
To support Front & Center series-in-depth coverage of regional news and issues affecting the six-state region surrounding the Great Lakes. (1 yr)

Chicago Public Media Inc.
Chicago, IL $135,000
For a reporter to cover Springfield for both WBEZ and the Chicago News Cooperative. (1 yr)

Chicago Public Media Inc.
Chicago, IL $50,000
For renewed and final support of the Community News Bureaus. (1 yr)

Clinton Global Initiative
New York, NY $250,000
To support the environmental and employment-related working groups of the CGI America convening in Chicago in June 2012. (1 yr)

Congressional Research Service
Washington, DC $90,000
To fund a policy seminar for incoming House members of the 113th Congress of the United States in January 2013. (1 yr)

Donors Forum
Chicago, IL $75,000
To serve as a leading voice and coordinator of philanthropic and nonprofit advocacy in Illinois. (1 yr)

Innovation Foundation Inc.
Chicago, IL $100,000
To support Chicago Ideas Week 2012, a week-long series of public presentations, events, lectures, and workshops presented by scholars, artists, educators, scientists, writers, and other thought leaders from around the world in Chicago in October 2012. (1 yr)

National Opinion Research Center
Chicago, IL $300,000
For the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research to undertake research on two topics connected to Joyce Foundation program priorities. (1 yr)

National Public Radio Inc.
Washington, DC $300,000
For support of NPR's coverage of education, energy, and employment issues in the Midwest, as well as for two reporter trainings. (2yrs)

New Organizing Institute Education Fund
Washington, DC $107,500
To provide training and technical assistance to public engagement grantees in the Education and Gun Violence programs, with a goal of expanding their capacity to use new media tools to organize around policy reform. (1 yr)

Northwestern University Institute for Policy Research
Evanston, IL $100,000
To support an evaluation of police reform efforts in Chicago. (1 yr)

Brooklyn, NY $225,000
To launch and maintain a StoryBooth within the Chicago Cultural Center, establishing the site as StoryCorps' Midwestern hub of operations. (3 yrs)

Tapfound Inc.
San Francisco, CA $75,000
For renewed support to coordinate pro bono professional consulting services to ten Chicago-area Joyce Foundation grantees, with a goal of strengthening their infrastructure and expanding their capacity. (1 yr)

The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL $100,000
To fund two new staff positions at the University of Chicago, Harris School. (1 yr)

Window to the World Communications Inc.
Chicago, IL $200,000
For support of collaborative Great Lakes reporting between Chicago Tonight and The PBS NewsHour, Chicago Tonight's local news coverage, and expansion of Chicago Tonight's website. (1 yr)

Women Employed Institute
Chicago, IL $25,000
To support new media capacity-building projects that advance the policy agenda of the organization. (1 yr)

Year Up
Boston, MA $75,000
To support the development of a systems change agenda and action plan for its Chicago site as well as some national policy activities. (1 yr)

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